Rutherford recounts the mindset during epic Tarouba knock in the Men’s T20 World Cup

Sherfane Rutherford hit an unbeaten 68* to lead a brilliant fightback for the West Indies in their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup clash against New Zealand in Trinidad and Tobago.

Showcasing exemplary hitting Rutherford produced a career-best effort of 68*, lifting West Indies, who were 76/7 at one stage, to 149/9. Inclusive of two fours and six sixes, Rutherford’s brilliant fightback eventually secured a 13-run win for his side.

The southpaw was chuffed at having played role in West Indies’ win.

“It’s a good feeling to help my team,” Rutherford said. “Playing a World Cup match is all of ours dream, and this is what we live for and work hard for, so I’m just happy to contribute for my team.”

As wickets kept tumbling during the West Indies batting innings, Rutherford managed to keep his cool and kept ticking the scoring rate.

“I was just telling myself to take it deep, me and (Daren) Sammy (West Indies white-ball head coach) we had a talk and he said, ‘Try and take it deep. Keep rotating it.’ ” Rutherford spoke after the game.

“I started feeling a momentum (shift), and I thought we could always make up in the end.”

The Rutherford cameo helped West Indies move from 112/9 to 149/9.

The last wicket stand of 37 from merely 13 balls saw all the runs come off the willow of Rutherford, even as Gudakesh Motie held on at the other end. This was the highest-ever stand for the last wicket in Men’s T20 World Cup.

Rutherford hit three sixes in the penultimate over by Daryl Mitchell on the way to his fifty, while he took 18 runs off the final over by Mitchell Santner.

Looking back at it, Rutherford stated that he’d figured out that the final two overs would be an easier target after the New Zealand pacers were done with their quota of overs.

“The two bowlers they had to make up with, I knew I could score maximum runs, and I think I did that well.”

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